A fully featured hand drawn animation application for iPad. Made by an animator, for animators. Powerful enough for professionals, simple enough for beginners. Everything you need to create traditional hand drawn frame-by-frame animation, anywhere you go!

- Timeline with unlimited layers and easily adjustable exposure length of individual drawings, for pose-to-pose or straight-ahead animating
- Onion skinning
- Preview playback
- Scrub along timeline
- Import audio for lip syncing
- Import video for rotoscoping animation
- Custom brushes
- Supports Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, Adonit & Wacom Bluetooth styluses
- Control framerate and resolution
- Export animation to Quicktime video, GIF, or image sequence
- RoughAnimator projects can be imported to Adobe Flash/Animate, After Effects, and Toon Boom Harmony

See a short film animated with RoughAnimator:

What’s New

Version 2.07

- Organize project files in folders
- Remembers last active layer/frame in project when reopened
- Number sliders should be a little easier to slide now
- Bug fix: eraser never erased all the way to fully transparent

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Invader-mobile ,

Really awesome app!!!

Hey! I’m an avid animator and have been using this app as my main software for animation when not on my laptop! Despite it being a “rough animation” program (pun intended! 😋) it’s been a huge help for making quick simple test animatics, or even more complex videos, albeit more time consuming! I noticed in an un-sent review I mentioned something about the video import messing with the drawing function, but considering I don’t recall getting irritated with anything in the past months or year, I think it’s most likely fixed now! So thanks so much!!! I really love that you’re occasionally adding new features to help with production, and I absolutely love the keyframe camera!
If I could make a suggestion, would it be possible to maybe add keyframes to the other layers, like if you move a layer, or something on the layer, you can choose to use the keyframes to auto-tween the movement of the drawing, or the layer that drawing is on? It doesn’t have to be fancy, it can be just like the camera keyframes, but for the rest of the layers!
That’s the only thing I can think of right now. Thanks so much for making this app! I’m sure I’ll be using it for as long as I have an iPad or iPhone! Thanks again!!!❤️💖👍

loganschuylerdavis ,

Good for animation, but there’s an issue.

The app overall is good, however, the audio system is very inconvenient and bad. Especially if you’re having errors with importing audio files into apps. I end up having to do really inconvenient swaps between stuff like iMovie, if the audio made more sense I’d actually bump this review 1 or 2 stars up. Please fix this. Also, the frame duplication here is so slow. You literally have to go frame by frame on each layer just to make a 4 second animation.

Actually, never mind, I’ve found ways to work around all of these problems. For the audio, just download another animation app that allows you to record sound directly in there, then see what timestamps audio comes at in whatever FPS you’d be using. I’m a pretty okay animator. I’d say, now I’ve improved even more. Thank you for this app. Also, for the frame by frame issue, just make the animation more sophisticated so that you can make use of it more rather than having it be a hinderance. Or, just simply be patient.

IntrovertReviewer ,

Fantastic app with one distracting problem

First of all, I absolutely love this app to death- it's extremely user friendly and to my knowledge it's the only one that actually allows audio scrubbing on the ipad.

That being said, there's a bit of a problem with the audio settings, which can be intrusive at best and downright startling/painful at worst, if you have very sensitive hearing (as I do). For some reason, if you select a frame or chunk of frames in your animation while you have audio enabled, it will play a preview of the audio wherever you are on the timeline. While I understand that this feature is there to remind the user where in the audio they are, as someone with audio processing issues I find it very startling and distracting to work with, and this feature cannot be turned off without muting the audio entirely. It really discourages me from using the app more than i already do, and I don't... entirely understand its purpose when simply scrubbing can provide the user with the same ability to remember what part of the audio they are working with.

Overall I recommend the app, but I would be incredibly grateful if the creator would consider a way to disable this feature so I and others with hearing issues can work more efficiently.

App Privacy

The developer, Jacob KAFKA, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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